Honour for knife terror hero
A TEENAGER has been given a bravery award after tackling a masked man with a 12-inch knife.
Callum Matts, an 18-year-old student, spotted the man, later revealed as Mathieu Lucas, wearing a hooded black jumper, balaclava and terrifying clown mask. Lucas had already approached and terrified three young girls, all between the ages of 14 and 16.
A court previously heard how Lucas had also been seen holding a ‘small black gun’ and pointing it towards people. It later turned out to be a fake.
Callum was sitting on a bench in Cadishead Park with two of his friends on April 21, when they spotted Lucas running towards them.
As Lucas swung his blade towards Callum’s abdomen, he was able to block the move and Lucas fell to the ground.
His courageous friends then stood on Lucas’ wrist and prised the knife out of his hand, before Callum managed to pin him down and phone police.
Lucas then threatened he would slit Callum’s throat and kill his family on release from prison. He was later jailed for more than two years.
Callum, a University of Chester student, from Manchester, has now been presented with Greater Manchester Police’s District Superintendent’s Award for Bravery after his heroic actions that night.
“I remember we were just chatting and listening to music when one of my friends said he saw a weird looking man,” Callum said. “I turned around to see a man dressed all in black, wearing a clown mask and holding a big kitchen knife. The park was dimly lit and visibility wasn’t great. Then the man started running towards us.”
He added: “I managed to get my legs from under the bench and get to my feet when he swung the blade towards my abdomen. I reacted instinctively and grabbed the arm that the knife was in and tackled him to the floor.”
Callum said he was hit by an adrenaline rush, which made him feel ‘quite calm’ in the moment.
District Superintendent for GMP, Andrew Sidebotham said: “Callum is a remarkably brave young man. Thinking only of those around him, he took control of the situation and safely detained the male, ensuring he couldn’t cause any harm to anyone.
“He instructed those present to call the police and remained at the scene until officers arrived.”